Donald Hinton, 1940-2009, of Leadville
Leadville, CO Colorado
Donald A. Hinton died Thursday at Summit Medical Center in Frisco following an auto accident. Mr. Hinton was 68.
He was born on Oct. 30, 1940, in Canon City, Colo. His parents were the late Alvin and Olivia (Marcon) Hinton.
Don grew up and went to school in Trinidad, Colo., graduating from Trinidad High School before going on to California where he received a football scholarship.
Don served in the U.S. Navy. After receiving an honorable discharge, he returned to Colorado and went to work at the Day Mines becoming a supervisor there. Eventually, Don went to work at the Climax molybdenum mine and worked there for 15 years.
Don also owned and operated the Outdoorsman Shop in Leadville and later developed his own property management and janitorial business called Don Hinton Companies.
Don loved to exercise. He was always walking wherever he could. He was also an avid fisherman and hunter and also enjoyed woodworking. He loved to fly and travel. Just this past year, he and his wife, Julie, spent October and November in Italy with Don’s family.
Don was also a horse breeder and belonged to the New Mexico Horse Breeders Association.
But most of all, Don’s family will remember his generous and sociable nature. He could strike up a conversation with anyone and usually did, sometimes taking two hours to go get milk.
Don was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church in Leadville. He was a member of the Leadville Elk’s Lodge # 236 and a past member of the Masons and Shriners.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John Hinton, who passed away in 2002.
He is survived by his wife, the former Julie Haman, of Leadville; and children Zachary Donald Hinton, who is stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Germany, and Ashley (Rick Ginder) Hinton, of Leadville. Don is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and many cousins in France and Italy.
There was a visitation on Monday at Bailey Funeral Home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Leadville. The Reverend Gus Stewart will officiate and Joan Dawson will sing accompanied by Jean Elliott. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Aldaz, Earl Boeve, Charlie O’Leary, Matt Ritacco, John Clapper, Clark Ruzicka and Dave Pleasant.
Services will conclude at church followed by a reception at the Leadville Elk’s Lodge.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association, 2480 W. 26th Ave., Suite #120B, Denver, CO 80211.